Rihanna left the 2023 Oscars stealing the show with her performance of “Life Me Up!”
Rihanna performed the song off the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever film during the 95th Academy Awards.
The pregnant RiRi stood on top of a straw podium, which lifted her up during her performance, as it was met with a standing ovation. Dedicated to the late Chadwick Boseman, “Lift Me Up” was nominated for Best Original Song, marking Rihanna’s first Oscar nomination, but lost out to M. M. Keeravani, Chandrabose, Rahul Sipligunj and Kaala Bhairava’s “Naatu Naatu,” from the Indian film RRR.
Rihanna earned over $350,000 in song royalties, in streaming, after her Super Bowl LVII performance.
RiRi’s worldwide listeners skyrocketed by 331%, and her spike was greater than everyone who performed at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, including Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige.
“We Found Love” alone has brought in $60,101 in royalties, and “Umbrella,” “Diamonds,” “Only Girl (In The World),” and “Bitch Better Have My Money” followed racking in $57,655, $49,541, $44,842 and $41,893.
Rihanna wasn’t paid to perform at the Super Bowl, which is the norm for the halftime show.
“There’s still a lot of mending to be done in my eyes,” Rihanna said of the NFL, “but it’s powerful to break those doors, and have representation at such a high, high level and a consistent level. Two Super Bowls back-to-back, you know, representing the urban community, globally. It is powerful. It sends a really strong message. Raising a young Black man is one of the scariest responsibilities in life. You’re like, ‘What am I leaving my kids to? This is the planet they’re gonna be living on?’ All of those things really start to hit differently.”
Rihanna took the Super Bowl by storm as, she hit the stage during halftime of an epic 13-minute full of hits. The show featured her dancers on elevated platforms, which she gradually came down from and touched on her classics, "Work," "Bitch Better Have My Money," "Rude Boy," and "Diamonds."
The one thing, however that everyone noticed was that Rihanna looked to possibly be pregnant. By the end of the show, Rihanna had everybody on their feet, as this was the first time Rihanna has performed live since 2018.